Good day, race fans! I’d like to take this time to welcome everyone to my newest editorial offering, the ‘Road To Indy Insider’. I have been blessed over the last 20 years with the opportunity to write about my passion for motorsports, and this venture is simply a new chapter in what has been a tremendously enjoyable career thus far. The scope of my work has evolved over the years and I’m now at a place where I am able to cover and comment on the associated worlds of competition karting and junior open wheel formula car racing, both through the written word and over the public address system at tracks around the country and around the world. It’s satisfying to have a unique perspective on this connected segment of auto racing and, although I’m not a parent myself, it sometimes feels that way as I watch young drivers evolve from eight-year-olds driving Cadet karts into 18-year-olds starting their first Indianapolis 500. It’s a pretty emotional journey at times.
All said, while working the PA with incredible programs like the Mazda Road to Indy is very fulfilling, I also have a burning desire to simply write about my passion for motorsports. I started as a writer and I’ll always be a writer. And I have a lot that I want to get down on ‘paper’. As it stands, however, this option has been lacking in my platform of media outlets, so this new blog will provide me with the soapbox that has not been available to me since the start of the year.
You see, midway through the 2014 season, I made the difficult decision to shelve eFormulaCarNews.com at the end of that calendar year. EFCN was the website that I launched to pair with FormulaCar Magazine in 2006 and then to eventually replace it as the sole provider of news for the North American junior open wheel formula car community. EFCN was a daily grind for my Managing Editor Allan Craighead and I for over eight years, and it provided us with the chance to focus on the sport we loved. We covered national and regional series and events, developed an often-controversial ranking system, wrote countless human interest stories, and simply tried to provide this unique segment of auto racing with a voice that didn’t have at the time. When Allan became terminally ill in March of 2014, he was forced to leave his post at EFCN, a step that many of us can understand was heart-breaking for him. Allan had more passion for the junior formula ranks than anyone I had ever met. He was a true fanatic of it all. I was left to run the site myself, with the aid of David Cole, the Managing Editor of my karting site (eKartingNews.com), and the site just stopped making financial sense to my company. I already had a full plate running my entire operation, but I was committed to seeing out the year. I wasn’t about to bail on the teams and drivers of the Mazda Road to Indy halfway through the season, so we published EFCN through to the end of 2014. I’m glad we saw it through, but I have indeed revelled in the freedom that came with lifting the demands of the site off my shoulders.
But, truly, I’ve missed the ability to publish my thoughts on the sport and the chance to highlight its personalities. ‘Road to Indy Insider’ will be that new canvas, where I will publish my thoughts on the ladder system, its stories and its personalities. While it will certainly center on the MRTI, it won’t be restricted to it. There’s a great deal going on in junior open wheel formula car racing in the United States and Canada, and I expect that I’ll have things to say about it. My continuing work with the IndyCar Radio Network has taken me closer to the Verizon IndyCar Series as well, so you should expect to see a post or two on that topic as well. It’s a wide-open target for this scribe, and I relish the opportunity. If you elect to stop by occasionally to read my thoughts, thank you. I appreciate the consideration.
Folks, we’re in the middle of a really exciting time right now. There is a monumental shift brewing in the IndyCar program, and there will be veterans leaving in the next few years, all to be replaced by graduates from Dan Andersen’s Mazda Road to Indy. If you’re a fan of the sport, connect with these young men and women now. They’re already here, racing in front of you during a majority of the IndyCar weekends.
If you want to know more about them, bookmark this blog, as I’m going to be writing about all of it for the foreseeable future.
All the best,